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Importing food to Canada: best practices

Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019, certain requirements are being phased in over the following 12 to 30 months. For more information, refer to the SFCR timelines.

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Infographic: How to Keep Food Safe: 3 Key Principles for Importers

Keeping food safe

The following principles are considered international best practices in making sure food is safe before it enters the market.

Know Your Foreign Supplier:

Know Your Food:

Have A Plan:

Your Preventive Control Plan:

A Preventive Control Plan (PCP) describes these elements in a written document.

Tip: Check out the guide for preparing a preventive control plan - For importers.

Did you know?

As a regulated party, you are responsible for ensuring that foods imported into Canada meet the requirements of the applicable Canadian law.

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